Archive for the ‘pseudo-christianity’ Category
The revelations keep coming about imploding Mars Hill church, which this week announced that it was laying off staff and closing branches in the wake of numerous allegations of financial impropriety, porn-laced misogyny and abuse of power. Today, one of the most dogged bloggers following the saga, Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, published a 2012 memo purporetedly written by Mars Hill Executive Pastor Sutton Turner.
“It’s really incredible,” Throckmorton says of thememo, talking by phone today. Leaked to him by an insider, the memo reveals that as far back as two years ago Turner was warning elders about a financial crisis brought on by a culture of “entitlement,” “poor stewardship” and questionable ethics.
Sutton calls out dubious behavior on the part of church staffers. Some used the church credit card to “treat their wives to spa appointments,” or attended to their own personal ministries and consulting businesses on church time. This was not a secret, he wrote. When he came to Mars Hill 10 months prior, “the finance team kept a spreadsheet call ‘questionable expenses.’ So whether top leaders did not want to know or were complicit in their action is debatable.”
The church also routinely engaged in what Sutton called a “Hail Mary” strategy. Every December, the church would undergo an extra giving push. Members were told that the church needed additional funds for new branches or special projects. “But given our spending habits, their gifts just help us catch up,” he wrote.
Etc. By the way, the reason I call it a cult is because organizationally it is cult-ish. And in terms of its leadership, it is definitely cult-ish. This does not mean that there are no Christians there. But it does mean that they have been duped and misled and for their own spiritual well being need to get OUT and begin attending a Church where Christ is Lord and not the Mickey Mouse Tee Shirt Wearing ‘Senior Pastor’.
Mars Hill keeps secrets, closes books, hides things, makes members and leaders sign non-disclosure pacts, and all the trappings of a secretive cult trying its best to make sure people don’t know what’s really going on there. Everything @PastorMark does is suspect and suspicious. Christians, flee.
Hollywood has gone insane. It sees $$$$ in the ‘Christian’ market so it’s pimping the Bible for all they can squeeze out of it… gag. Dear Lord, make it stop.
Via David Congdon.
Hillsong… I might not see eye to eye with Mohler on lots of stuff, but on Hillsong he’s spot on:
“It’s a prosperity movement for the millennials, in which the polyester and middle-class associations of Oral Roberts have given way to ripped jeans and sophisticated rock music,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality.”
Hillsong is the corporation-ized version of the prosperity heresy. It’s yet another pentebabbleist cult not making disciples, but entertaining mobs.
When the entertainment gets boring, or the Millenials grow up and seek substance rather than form, Hillsong will go the way of the 8 track tape, emergent Christianity, and the seeker sensitive movement.
Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, is standing by her controversial remarks that called upon congregants at Lakewood Church to “do good for your own self” because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness.
Only someone not paying attention to the Osteen’s long term heresy would be surprised that she would stand by her statement no matter how theologically inappropriate it is.
Pat Robertson to 80-year-old who can’t pay bills: Keep tithing, get a job, sell your stuff on eBay. Televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday told an 80-year-old viewer, who gave more than 10 percent to the church, that she should get a job or sell stuff on eBay if she couldn’t afford her medical bills.
Nice work Pat- keep on putting the crack in crackpot.
A Pennsylvania congregation seeking to attract new attendees has also generated controversy as it recently purchased billboard space that features the quote “I love sex,” attributed to God.
Restored Church, a non-denominational assembly in Wilkes-Barre purchased the billboard to advertise its upcoming sermon series on sex and the Song of Solomon.
“It’s in every single sitcom. It’s on the radio. I mean, you go on any major news media outlet and there’s stories about sexuality,” leader Dan Nichols told local television station WNEP. “If the culture can be so bold, I think the church can be so bold and speak directly on the subject and be up front about it.”
Yeah, the Church can, and should talk about sex. But pandering or titillating are counterproductive and unnecessary. Simply using sex as a tool to attract the otherwise disinterested will result in their attendance for a time but not true discipleship. Such churches as this forget that we are called to make disciples, not church attenders.
But when church is nothing more than a business, you run it like one.
If you still haven’t come to the realization that Joel Osteen (and his wife) are heretics, then you haven’t been paying attention or you’ve been hoodwinked by his Christian ‘sounding’ rhetoric which underneath is nothing other than new age self fulfillment in the guise of Christian faith.
Need more proof? There’s this.
A recently recorded video is circulating online of Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, calling on congregants at Lakewood Church to ‘do good for your own self’ because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness.
“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy,” she declares in the undated 36-second clip with her husband standing by her side and nodding. “That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy…”
The theological problem with that, in case you missed it, is that worship is NOT about you and obedience is NOT about your happiness. God doesn’t exist for you, you exist for God. The Osteen’s, as heretics, have it just backwards.
Why do I mention this? Because some Christians in our country have been duped by Osteen’s self fulfillment false gospel and it is my task as the under-shepherd to guard the sheep from the wolves.
The Osteens are wolves.